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On Murders And Mother-Love And The Bearable Weight Of Fear

October 27, 2012

I read the story of the nanny murders yesterday morning, at about 4:30am, just after I’d hopped in a town car to get to La Guardia for an early flight to Houston. I had, only minutes before, snuck into the dark of my childrens’ bedroom and kissed their foreheads and whispered goodbyes – softly, quietly, [...]

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A List Is A Wish The Left Side Of Your Brain Makes

October 22, 2012

So, this happened. TIME named this blog to its list of the 25 best blogs of 2012. Which, yes, I am totally bragging about, because I can. And because blogging for me has, this year, been a little bit harder than it has in previous years, and this feels all the sweeter for coming on [...]

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Why I Vote

October 19, 2012

I’m not voting in the upcoming presidential election. There’s a simple reason for that: I can’t. I’m Canadian. I’m what is sometimes referred to as a ‘foreign national.’ I live in the United States, and I work in the United States, and I’m raising my kids in the United States, but I am not a [...]

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The Mom Avoids The Picture

October 15, 2012

You’ll find almost no pictures of me on this site. There’s one on my About page, of course, and two or three of me speaking (although at least one of those is of my shoes), but otherwise, I’m nowhere, visually, to be found. This, even though I’ve posted thousands of photos here. Thousands. The thing [...]

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On Life, And Its Limits, And The Occasion of Tanner’s 13th Birthday

October 1, 2012

From my sister, on Tanner’s 13th birthday, which is today: Tanner is 13 today and with each passing year it gets closer… yes, birthdays are a happy occasion but for some of us, there is a clock that shadows it. He has been sick this past week, a simple cold most children get over in [...]

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The Boy Inside The Man

September 22, 2012

Sixteen years ago, I married the man that this boy became. Sixteen years later, I love him for the man that he is, and the boy that he will always be. Love you, dork.  

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Vita Brevis, Tooth Longa

September 20, 2012

Here’s the thing about being a working mom: I miss moments in my children’s lives. Moments like this one: I wasn’t there for the loss of that tooth, which in the grand scheme doesn’t seem all that important, except for that it does. I didn’t get to witness the first moments of this proud, gap-toothed [...]

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What Odysseus, Roosevelt, And My Four Year Old Have In Common

September 7, 2012

Today was Jasper’s first day of school. Pre-K, but still. It counts. Sure, they’re all super tiny and barely able to carry their own backpacks, and they’ll likely not be doing much more than finger-painting and eating glue, but they’re at school. It’s almost heartbreaking, really, the way that their smallness is such that they [...]

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The World, The Way It Should Be

August 31, 2012

This is paradise. I was there. I’m home now, though – just – and it’s just as good. This is where my kids are. Where Kyle is. Where my heart is. It’s not wild orchids and palm trees and tropical breezes, but it’s mine, and it’s good. (Also, I came home to this. For which, [...]

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We Interrupt This Programming To Bring You Paradise

August 23, 2012

This. This will sooth even the most savaged soul. Unless that soul misses her children, in which case it will just nurture and baby that soul a bit, even as that soul aches and frets, which is no small thing, but still. It will, however, also serve that soul tequila, and that will be pretty [...]

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